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Why attempt a four-minute mile?

"It's a good day to run."

--Coach Russ

The Race of the Century by Neal Bascomb

Roger Bannister

"An awkward and serious-minded twelve-year-old, Bannister had trouble fitting in at his school. He earned the acceptance of his peers by winning the annual cross-country race. Somehow, this seemed to right an imbalance in his life. He was able to pursue his studies, as well as acting, music, and archaeology, without feeling at risk of being an outcast."  --Neal Bascomb

Academic Requirement for Grades 7-12

Each boy in grades seven through twelve is required to complete the All School Read. This year the book is The Race of the Century: The Battle to Break the Four-Minute Mile by Neal Bascomb. All students in grades 9-12 will take a quiz on this book in the first week of school. All students in grades 7 and 8 will complete a grade assessment on this book in the first week of school. The format  of the All School Read Quiz is matching, true/false, and multiple choice. If you read the book, you can probably expect to earn an A or a B. If you really want an A, you should read the book with a pencil in hand, paying special attention to characters and major developments in the narrative.

Do you know how the mile distance began?

Current World Record

The current world record for the mile distance belongs to Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) with a time of 3.43.13. His record was set in Rome, Italy.